On a bright Monday morning of June 3, 2017 when the sun rays filtered through the clouds, signaling the end of the rain, 32 excited faculty of the West Visayas State University took their oath of office as permanent employees during a short ceremony held at the Unity Park.

According to the university’s Human Resource and Management Office (HRMO), WVSU is bent on hiring 128 plantilla positions for academic year 2017-2018 in preparation for educators who will teach additional subjects as mandated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). WVSU President Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr. declared that the university is continuously screening qualified applicants for the teaching and non-teaching positions.

Dr. Ma. Elfleda R. Ecube, President of the WVSU Faculty Association beamed as she looked admiringly at the rows of new teachers. “Congratulations to the newly hired faculty members. You are now where you are because the university believes that you are highly qualified and competent to join the workforce of WVSU’s esteemed educators. Be a role model of your respective college and continue to uphold the university’s foundation of excellence”. 

West Visayas State University College of Nursing (WVSU-CON) once again proved that they are a consistent top-notch school in the Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE) when eight of their graduates made it to the top 10 of the 2017 NLE. Leading the pack is Mary Angelie Cardente Cabañez who placed first in the exam with the highest score of 86.20 percent.

Joining Cabañez in top 10 are seven other graduates of CON namely Nechelyn Consular, who placed fourth with a rating of 84.80 percent, Alyssa Jude Montalban, who ranked fifth with a score of 84.60 percent, followed by Joane Christine Pedrola in the sixth place with a rating of 84.40 percent. Both in the seventh place with a rating of 84.20 percent are Lourence Ann Garrido and Julie May Suganob, followed by Darlyne Esposo at the eighth place with a rating of 84 percent, while Princess Meliton is at ninth place with a rating of 83.80 percent.

“The big news is that after 24 years, we were able to produce the 3rd Top 1 individual performer,” said Dr. Rosanna Grace Belo-Delariarte. “Top 1 individual performer, Top 2 performing school, and 8 in the top 10 this 2017! To God be the glory!”

West Visayas State University staged a special convocation to cap the two-day celebration of its 115th Founding Anniversary. The momentous event which was held at the WVSU Cultural Center on June 16, 2017 gathered university officials, faculty, staff, students and alumni together as they look back on the remarkable milestone that WVSU has gone through.

The special convocation opened with a Holy Mass with Rev. Father Joel Eslabra as the celebrant “There are two gifts we can give to our children. Roots and wits.” started the Fr. Eslabra. “Wits we surely have. It is known to many that WVSU has been in the forefront of quality education, training, and research; and we have excellent graduates to prove such. However, when we say ‘roots’, we refer to what is essential in our life. What is important is for each one of us to hold on to what is truly important like values, character, and love. Remember, that the many awards and merits that we receive are simply offshoots of what is already anchored on the essentials in life.”

115 voices from the university officials, as well as selected WVSU faculty and staff joined the Panayana Cultural Group in singing the WVSU Hymn, WVSU March, and the WVSU Quality Policy. Ms. Janette Aguilar and Dr. Rhea Bunda likewise rendered their voices through songs that rang deep with emotions.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office 6 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with West Visayas State University (WVSU) on June 2, 2017 at the Center for International Linkages and Public Information (CILPI) guest lounge.  The MoA states that WVSU was chosen to be the Local Research Institute (LRI) for the conduct of the Citizen Satisfaction Index System (CSIS) in Oton, Iloilo.

Present during the event were DILG Provincial Director Teodora P. Sumagaysay, Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Division (LGMED) Assistant Chief Anna Lee Mostacho, and Local Government Operations Officer (LGOO) Stephanie Almira, WVSU President Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr., University Research and Development Center (URDC) Director Dr. Greta G. Gabinete, together with URDC’s Mrs. Maria Luisa Z. Albacete, Mr. Rey L. Arenga, and Dr. George Fredrick A. Roxas.

The CSIS was developed to serve as a tool for drawing in applicable information for gauging citizen satisfaction in the various local government services that are delivered to help improve their socio-economic condition and advance their appreciation of local political affairs, as well as effectively transform them into becoming productive development partners. “We chose WVSU because the institution has an impressive track record in producing national examination board passers, it is dynamic in research, active in extension work, continuously strives for quality education, is politically neutral, and constantly delivers genuine public service”, explains Ms. Sumagaysay. From 2013 to 2015, all cities were covered by the CSIS and 31 municipalities were pilot-tested in 2016. This 2017, pursuant to DILG Memorandum Circular 2017-32, the CSIS will be implemented in 30 target municipalities.

The office of Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV sponsored a consultation seminar-workshop that had university officials, faculty, student leaders, and alumni of West Visayas State University in attendance. The event which was held at the Center for Teaching Excellence on May 4, 2017 is a nationwide movement targeting the top 10 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

Legislative officer Anna C. Venturina explained how this works: “We travel all over the country and visit the top 10 State Universities and Colleges to conduct this consultation seminar. Senator Bam Aquino is in relentless pursuit of vital reforms in the education sector and we believe that by going to each institution, we will be able to hear challenges and problems firsthand which are faced by our educational institutions. So as you can see today, we are adopting the grassroots approach by hearing from university officials, faculty, students, and the alumni”. Ms. Venturina further discussed that having Sen. Bam Aquino championing for Education in the Senate, he was able to push for two major bills which are currently in the pipeline. These are: (1) the Free Higher Education Act, and the (2) Pagkaing Pinoy para sa Batang Pinoy Act. “Through this seminar, we will be hearing imperative inputs from stakeholders which will push our office to craft any law or policy related to education”.

The College of Nursing (CON) welcomed three accreditors for the 1st Formal Survey Visit today at the CON Amphitheater as preparation for this year’s institutional accreditation. The said visit will run from May 24- 26, 2017 for the accreditation of the Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) program to pass Level 1.

CON Dean Dr. Rosana Grace Belo-Delariarte praised her team of hardworking nursing professors “I am amazed by the energy, dedication, and patience that these men and women have showed, I can clearly see how committed they are towards the college’s goal because they have gone back to the university despite them being on summer break.  Truly, their thirst for quality and excellence remains unquenched”. Dr. Delariarte further explained that that the result of CON’s accreditation as a college somehow depends of this 3-day survey visit where M.A.N. program is will be checked and observed.

It was a proud moment for West Visayas State University when alumna Allana Mae A. Babayen-on placed 4th in the recent Bar examination. This AB Political Science Magna Cum Laude garnered an impressive score of 88.75% in what is deemed as the “hardest examination in the country”. The results were released by the Supreme Court on May 3, 2017 wherein a total of three thousand seven hundred forty seven (3,747) lawyers passed the 2016 Bar exams out of six thousand three hundred forty four (6,344) examinees, or an overall passing rate of 59.06%, the highest in 16 years.

“When I saw my name on the top 10 list of Bar passers, I laughed and cried at the same time! I thanked the universe for the fulfillment of a dream that I worked hard for. I immediately called home and talked to my family”.

Attached herewith are list of names qualified for interview for the following dates:

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April 26, 2017 - 7:30AM

April 28, 2017 - 7:30AM

May 5, 2017 - 7:30AM

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT!

SCHEDULE OF STFAP BRACKETING
Third year - MAY 10, 11 and 12, 2017 (Student Center)

Requirements:
1.    Duly accomplished STFAP application form (available at the College Dean’s Office or OSA)
2.    Income Tax Return or BIR Exemption (for OFW-Parent’s machine copy of latest work contract)
3.    Previous months electric/water/telephone bills
4.    A duly notarized affidavit if electricity/water/telephone is shared with a relative
       or neighbor
5.    Transcript of Records for Third Year Students who belong to bracket 1-4 only

    NOTE: Those who choose not to undergo STFAP Bracketing will be automatically assessed 
    as Bracket 9. 

Lamudi Philippines, in its continuing concern for the socio-economic development of the country, provides a scholarship program amounting to Php20,000 for one semester to one exemplary college student. The student will be guaranteed a paid internship at Lamudi Philippines in his or her department of choice.

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The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) in cooperation with the University Guidance Center had a pre-employment orientation that targeted the grantees of the Expanded Students Grants-In-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) on April 4, 2017 at the Main Hall of the Center for Teaching Excellence. In attendance were OSA Dean Dr. Nancy S. Surmieda, University Guidance Counselor Mrs. Geraldine Joy B. Espinosa, and ESGP-PA Coordinator Ms. Lariza Aklemia Z. Albacete.

Inspired by the theme Empowering ESGP-PA Student Grantees: Preparing for a World of Work, Dr. Nancy Surmieda expressed her joy upon seeing the attendees that morning. Addressing the young crowd, she said, “I am pleased to see you here because it means that you are eager to be employed and be a part of the Filipino work force. You should know that the present job market is very competitive that is why West Visayas State University and the OSA are here to guide you by teaching you the right attitude and the necessary skills for you to land your first job.”

The College of Medicine (COM) in cooperation with the West Visayas State University Center for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (WVSU-CDRRM) conducted the fire and earthquake seminar at Room 202 Roxas Hall on March 16, 2017. The drills were performed right after each lecture at the adjoining lot outside of the COM building.

COM Dean Dr. Joselito F. Villaruz acknowledges the importance of staging this seminar and drill not only as a means to comply for accreditation, but to make sure everybody is prepared when disaster strikes.  “I believe disaster risk reduction and management is not only a training intended for students, faculty, and staff, rather it is an important activity which everyone should attend and undergo,” explains Dr. Villaruz, “As medical practitioners, people expect more from us because we save lives and we should likewise be equipped with the knowledge and skills to minimize the number of casualities when unwanted events happen”.